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4th Fort Hood soldier guilty of immigrant smuggling in Texas

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:56
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A fourth soldier from Fort Hood has pleaded guilty to using her U.S. Army identification or military gear to help transport immigrants.

Investigation: EPA, state underestimated spill potential

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:48
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a toxic blowout from a Colorado mine, despite warnings more than a year earlier that a large-volume spill of wastewater was possible, an internal government investigation released Wednesday found.

9/11 survivor seen in iconic photo covered in dust dies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:38

Marcy Borders poses for a photograph wearing a wig she received from a non profit in her home in Bayonne, N.J. She lost her hair because of chemotherapy, a treatment for her stomach cancer. Borders, a survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York, who was featured in one of the most iconic photographs of the day, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 after a battle with stomach cancer, her daughter said Wednesday. (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City has died.


Appeals court OKs financial claims against Iranian bank

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:37
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says the families of four terrorist attack victims who won financial judgments against Iran can go after $17 million owed to an Iranian bank.

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:31

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2003 file photo, Amelia Boynton, Robinson appears at an American Civil Rights Education Services tour at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the Selma march on “Bloody Sunday,” championed voting rights for blacks, and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. She was 104. Boynton Robinson was hospitalized in July after having a major stroke and turned 104 on Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who helped lead the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age 104, her son Bruce Boynton said.


Tentative settlement in dispute over RadioShack gift cards

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:24
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The old adage about looking a gift horse in the mouth may have a corollary regarding gift cards issued by retailers: Use it or lose it.

California man bitten by rattlesnake he picked up for photo: local media

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:22
A Southern California man who picked up a rattlesnake to pose for a photograph was badly hurt when the reptile bit him on the hand, a Los Angeles television station reported. Alex Gomez, 36, was bitten on Monday by the 4-foot (1.2-meter) rattler in a field at his family's ranch in Lake Elsinore, a community about 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Los Angeles, according to TV station KCBS which showed a picture of the man holding the snake around his neck. Alex Gomez's mother, Deborah, told KCBS on Tuesday that her son might lose his hand because of the bite wound to the extremity.

Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:20

Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes leaves court for the last time before beginning his life sentence with no chance of parole after a hearing in Centennial, ColoradoCondemning movie massacre gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge said on Wednesday that evil and mental illness are not mutually exclusive. "It is the court's intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again ... If there was ever a case that warranted the maximum sentences, this is the case," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour said. Survivors and relatives of those killed clapped and cheered as Samour then ordered deputies to remove Holmes from his courtroom, and the gunman was led away in shackles.


Ohio to investigate jail where woman found dead in cell

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:18
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio corrections department will conduct a review of the jail where a woman was found dead in a cell last month to help officials determine what happened.

Federal appeals court: Tyson Foods doesn't underpay workers

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:17
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyson Foods doesn't have to pay workers at two of its Nebraska plants for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Feds take case of 'dark' humor preschool threat on Facebook

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:16
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man faces federal charges over a Facebook post threatening to kill preschool children even after telling investigators he merely has a dark sense of humor and didn't plan to carry out the threat.

What we know about Virginia TV station crew shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:02

What we know about Virginia TV station crew shooting suspect Vester Lee FlanaganNew information is emerging about the suspect in the fatal shooting of a television reporter and photographer in Virginia Wednesday.


No improvement: ACT says college exam scores are stagnant

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. high schools haven't shown much improvement in the past four years when it comes to preparing college-ready graduates, according to the Iowa-based nonprofit group that administers the ACT college entrance exam.

University leaders forced out land in high-paid faculty jobs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:39

 Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz) MANDATORY CREDITCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The resignation of the top administrator at the University of Illinois' flagship campus is following a familiar script: Step down under pressure, take a year off with pay, then return as one of the highest-paid members of the faculty.


The Latest: Cheers mark end of Colorado theater attack trial

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:36

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes is led out of the courtroom after being formally sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without parole by Judge Carlos Samour Jr. Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 others in the July 20, 2012 ambush. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):


Court tosses lawsuit over alleged abuse of young prisoners

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:34
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a major class-action lawsuit by young male prisoners who said guards failed to stop older inmates from sexually abusing them.

Lawmaker sees opening for appeal of $225M Exxon ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:22
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision.

Novo Nordisk adding diabetes drug output in NC, Denmark

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:13
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk said Wednesday it will open new factories in North Carolina and Denmark as pharmaceutical companies seek to keep up with demand for diabetes medications in an increasingly overweight world.

Virginia journalists killed on-air 'much more than what you saw on TV'

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 02:01
"I cannot tell you how much they were loved," WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said about Parker and Ward during a somber broadcast. "These two were more than what you saw here on TV, they were much, much more," anchor woman Kimberly McBroom said. Parker and Ward were Virginia natives.

Worker dies, second injured at Minnesota stadium construction site

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/27/2015 - 01:56
A roofing worker died after falling on Wednesday from the roof of a football stadium being built in downtown Minneapolis for the Minnesota Vikings and a second was seriously injured, an official with the stadium general contractor said. One worker fell about 50 feet from the edge of the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium into a snow gutter below the main roof and died as a result of his injuries, John Wood, a Mortenson Construction senior vice president, told a news conference. All work on the stadium has stopped, and Mortenson hopes to resume construction on Thursday, Wood said.